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May 20, 2014 7:09 AM Subscribe
Bike camping and sleep apnea - how do I get them to play well together?
posted by playertobenamedlater to Health & Fitness (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have sleep apnea and am a big guy (think NFL defensive end size) that's doing some bikepacking and bike touring this summer and fall. I bring up my size because there's only so much extra weight I can add to my panniers and bike and still be able to ride any distance (think 40-60 miles a day). I'm not opposed to buying a battery powered CPAP but I have my doubts on their effectiveness and, with an extra 120lbs on my body already and 40lbs of camping gear, I can't afford to add another 5 or so pounds of cumbersome gear unless it really works wonders.
So, do you have sleep apnea and go camping? If so, how do you manage your sleep apnea? Do you use a battery power CPAP? A "jaw sling"/chin strap? Or do you just go without your CPAP for a night or two? If you do bike touring and have sleep apnea (long shot) - how difficult was schlepping a CPAP with you along with the rest of your gear? Did you have any difficulties keeping it clean?